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making news on this veterans day, november 11th. >> slashing social security, even medicare. controversial cuts to improve the nation's finances this morning. the president weighs in from south korea. homeward bound. the slow boat to shore. passengers on the cripple cruise liner share survival stories with us. and country music's magic night. but why is a movie star on stage? good morning. and thanks for being with us. both parties in washington had been expecting a battle next week over whether to extend those bush-era tax cuts. >> this morning, major developments. "the huffington post" announces that the white house will agree to continuation of all of the tax cuts.
the president wanted the tax cuts to expire for the wealthy. >> it will add $700 million to the budget deficit, as drastic cuts to the national debt. >> we'll get reaction from the president in korea in a moment. but first, the plan and its opposition. here's jon karl. >> reporter: the draft proposal was unveiled with a dire warning. >> this debt is like a cancer that will truly destroy this country from within if we don't fix it. >> reporter: the solution from erskine bowles and simpson, lots of bitter medicine, including a 15-cent a gallon hike in the gas tax, cutting social security payments for high income seniors, raising the retirement age, cutting defense spending by $100 billion, including closing one-third of u.s. military bases abroad, eliminating the tax deduction for home mortgages over $500,000, slashing farm subsidies and eliminating 10% of the federal work force. and that's just for starters. would it fly?
don't count on it. even members of the debt commission attacked it. >> i am virulently against that proposal. >> reporter: off camera, another said, there are things in there that i hate like the devil hates holy water. outgoing speaker of the house, nancy pelosi, called the plan simply unacceptable. the debt commission was created by president obama. but boels and simpson made it clear, this is not his proposal. in a statement, the white house simply said it would review the commission's recommendations. the real problem, everybody likes to talk about cutting the deficit, but nobody wants to seriously deal with it. even if congress made all of these cuts, the deficit would become a $200 billion deficit by the year 2015. in other words, it would be enough to make a serious debt in the deficit, but not enough to get to a balanced budget. jonathan karl, abc news, washington. >> those money woes jon
mentioned are on the president's mind as he meets with the world's other economic powers in south korea. he's also meeting with troops on veterans day. >> but what about the drastic, new steps to cut the deficit? karen travers is traveling with the president and joins us now from seoul. hi, karen. >> reporter: good morning, rob and vinita. president obama would not comment on the draft report. but said there would be a lot of tough decisions to tackle the u.s. deficit. the trip started with a setback. no deal on the long-delayed free trade agreement. president obama and president lee had set out this summit for the sticking points, which open up korean markets to u.s. automakers. >> we don't want months to pass we before we get this done. we want this to be done in a matter of weeks. >> reporter: earlier, mr. obama marked veterans day with some of the nearly 30,000 u.s. troops currently stationed in korea. >> on this day, we honor every man and woman who has ever worn
the uniform of the united states of america. we salute fallen heroes. and keep in our prayers tho har. who are still in harm's way. like the xhen and women serving in iraq and afghanistan. >> reporter: as world leaders gather in seoul, the world economy is no longer on the brink of collapse. the job now is creating jobs. president obama says he expects consensus, even as we heard from china and germany criticize the federal reserve's recent move to buy $600 billion worth of treasury bonds to stimulate u.s. economic growth. the president said a strong american economy is good for the world. >> the most important thing that the united states can do for the world economy is to grow because we continue to be the world's largest market and a huge engine for all other countries to grow.
>> reporter: president obama just wrapped up meetings with chinese president huh and ankara merkel. we're waiting to find out details from what happened. from the brief photo ops we've seen, it was pleasantries and cooperation. rob and vinita? >> karen travers in seoul for us. thank you, karen. a study about the repealing the effects of the don't ask, don't tell policy, is due on secretary gates desk in about three weeks. we're already learning some of the details. "the washington post" says the report finds that repealing the policy would cause minimal and isolated incidents of risk to the current war efforts. more than 70% of troops who were asked about doing away with the policy said its effect would be positive, mixed or nonexistent. outgoing house speaker nancy pelosi finds herself under new pressure from rank and file democrats. a growing number of them are publicly and privately questions if pelosi should be elected to
lead house democrats next year. it's coming from conservative districts who barely won re-election last week. the vote is scheduled for next week. pelosi's former colleague, rahm emanuel, will make his run for mayor of chicago official on saturday. he's been raising money since leaving the white house last month. emanuel needs to collect 12,000 signatures by the 22nd to be on the ballot. lawmakers in iraq have broken eight months of gridlock and have reached a deal to form a new government there. the agreement keeps prime minister nuri al maliki in the post for another four years. the other top government posts will be spread among iraq's maker parties. there's no sign in the economic downturn in the new york art world. the auction season cost $632 million worth of artwork being sold. that included a record-shattering $42 million for this roy lickin' steen last
night. it has been put up for sale by steve winn. now, for this morning's weather from around the country. rain from seattle to portland. windy in the los angeles area. several inches of snow in the rockies and northern plains. afternoon showers west of chicago into st. louis, kansas, wichita and oklahoma city. summer-like in parts of the south. >> 81 in miami. 77 in new orleans. and 73 in atlanta. mostly 50s from boston to baltimore. still warm in the midwest. minneapolis climbed to 71. chicago, 64. detroit is 60 degrees. 50s in the pacific northwest. 45 in boise. and 34 degrees in colorado springs. and when we come back on this thursday, a day after google execs showed some holiday spirit, now showing a little vengeance. and the growing backlash against this alcoholic beverage. banned by another state. and a little bit of hollywood shines in nashville at the cma awards. we'll be back. (jennifer garner) there's a lot of beautiful makeup out there
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0.3% today. hong kong's hang seng is higher. in london, the ftse opened higher. and on wall street, the dow added ten points yesterday. meanwhile, the nasdaq gained 15 points. investigators say they have found a possible cause for that qantas airlines engine blowout. they now believe an oil fire may have caused the engine failure that forced an emergency landing in singapore last week. all airlines flying a-380 jumbo jets with the same type of rolls-royce engine have been ordered to make more inspections. those alcohol energy drinks are being cleared from the shelves in washington state. regulators banned the drinks, citing the hospitalization of nine dangerously drunk college students last month. oklahoma, michigan and utah have already outlawed four loko and other brands. well, if you can't wait until after your holiday turkey to start your holiday shopping, sears will get you get a head start.
all of its stores will be open on thanksgiving. shoppers can get a jump on black friday deals from 7:00 a.m. until noon. we told you yesterday about the early holiday gift that google gave its employees. all its workers are getting a 10% raise and a $1,000 bonus, all but one, that is. the employee who tipped off the media about the planned pay hike was fired within hours of leaking that memo. >> google giveth and taketh. coming up on this thursday, what it's like on that crippled cruise liner as it approaches land. and on top of that, some graphic, new cigarette labels. will they scare teens from smoking? [ yoshioka ] people with sensitive teeth also want white teeth... so that's why we have sensodyne iso-active whitening for those that are looking for it. it comes in a canister. it starts out as a gel. now this is where the fun begins. once you start to brush with it, it micro-foams. having those small micro-bubbles really allows it to get to those hard to reach areas. it's providing a cleaner experience.
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>> and if you're flying today, expect airport delays in seattle, denver and kansas city. well, that disabled carnival cruise ship is finally arriving in san diego this morning, four days after it lost power. >> with thousands of people forced to wait in line for less-than-gourmet meals, to say the least, the latest luxury seems to be the open bar. abc's emily schmidt has the latest. >> reporter: as the crippled "carnival splendor" moved into cell phone range, passengers got a chance to share the ship's shape. >> it's just gross everywhere. >> reporter: joey and his wife, stacy, boarded the boat, hours just after they got married, just before a monday morning fire in the engine room knocked out power on the huge ship. they spent the honeymoon cleaning their toilet and dealing with rotting food. >> the fruit is going bad. the stuff that's not going bad, isn't ripe. it's disgusting. nothing is good anymore. it's almost like you're afraid to eat it.
>> reporter: the refrigerators stopped working, leaving only enough food to last until midday tuesday, for the 4,500 passengers and crew onboard. so, the navy has been dropping supplies. things like spam and pop-tarts, that are little consolation for frustrated travelers. >> a lot of people are upset that there's no coffee because there's no hot water. cold showers is not our idea of fun on the cruise. >> we're very, very sorry for the discomfort and inconvenience that our guests have had to deal with in the past several days. >> reporter: carnival's president says safety has been a top priority. and the cruise line wants to get people home as soon as possible. but it hasn't been easy pulling the 952-foot ship. one of the two mexican tugboats briefly shut down yesterday. and progress is slow. meanwhile, the pools are closed. rooms nearly as gloomy as this trip turned out to be. there are reports that one thing has made passengers happy. apparently when they learned that the ship would be going all the way back to california instead of docking in mexico, one passenger says the cheers wept up all around. the ship is due in san diego, now, in just a matter of hours. rob and vinita?
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the government is taking public comments on 36 labels. that include labels that smoking kills and cigarettes can cause cancer. it's part of an effort to increase the number of people quitting tobacco. final decisions on which labels to use will be made next june. the nfl's first thursday night game of the season is set for tonight. baltimore ravens will visit atlanta. both those team nous 6-2, on the year. as for last night's sports highlights, here's mike yam over at espn news. >> good morning. we start in our nation's capital, where there was some history, thanks to john wall and the washington wizards, who were taking on the rockets. second quarter, wizards up nine. wall with the finish. the one-hand alley-oop. 19 points, 13 helpers and 10 rebounds. not to mention six steals, for the rookie. his first career triple-double. the third-youngest to get the triple-dub. he wasn't messing around. the wizards win it 98-91. williams and maryland taking on the college of charleston.
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proposals from his own commission to reduce the federal debt. instead, he is urging both parties to work together. expect reaction today from a report in "the huffington post" that the white house is ready to continue the bush-era tax cuts for all americans. the white house wanted the tax cuts to expire for the wealthy. cutting the deficit by $700 million. and the first lady is in germany on this veterans day, thanking u.s. servicemen and women. mrs. obama also visits with wounded warriors at the largest military hospital outside the continental u.s. we're just getting in pretty amazing video from ohio. usually demolition jobs crumble on cue. but things went terribly wrong when a 300-foot smokestack crashed in the wrong direction. >> wow. spectators were literally sent flying, as you saw there. the tower knocked down 2 12,000-volt power lines. and then, crashed into a building. thankfully, no injuries. for some of you, your local news is next. >> for everyone else, "america this morning" continues. [ female announcer ] keurig has over 200 varieties
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>> didn't see that coming. of course, there are valuables, too. kimberly richardson, of our new york station, wabc, stopped by for a preview. >> reporter: it's a rare look into a world few saw. but now many will see. thousands of items that belonged to bernie and ruth madoff are up for auction. the dining room table. furniture from their montauk beach house. ruth's 10-carat engagement ring. >> some things are very top of the market. other things are very average. >> reporter: jennifer crane helped catalog all this. property that was forfeited and seized by u.s. marshalls. the stockbroker, clearly liked the finaler things in life. prada socks. high-end watches. his shoes, size 9-wide, from casual to flashy. he meticulously kept every shoe box. >> there's a value in everything. and everything we get goes to the victims. >> reporter: those who lost so
much in madoff's upon save scam, much of this, probably paid for with some of that money. officials hope saturday's auction brings in about $1.5 million. anything with madoff initials or name on it always does well. there is plenty. even ruth mike e liked marking territory. >> i went into all the cars and all the boats. everything was marked. >> reporter: and probably one of the most unusual items. lot number 380. a new pair of madoff designer boxers. yes, they have pleats. this is the last batch of personal items up for sale from the madoff's once-lavish lifestyle here in new york. a chapter many are glad to see closed. kimberly richardson, channel 7. >> i want pleated underwear for christmas. that's what's making news in america this morning. >> get more later on "good morning america," or anytime at abcnews.com. >>